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Recognizing depression

Mental health screenings are something most people don’t expect to need, but mental illness can strike anyone. Alcoholism, eating disorders, schizophrenia and depression are all illnesses that a mental health professional can diagnose with a screening. The various forms of depression are what we’ll be discussing today.

Major depression is more than just a depressed feeling most of the time. Different people are affected by it in very different ways. Some lose weight, some gain weight, some feel as if they’ve been “sped up” or “slowed down,” some have trouble sleeping at night and others find themselves feeling sleepy during the day. But if you feel depressed most of the day on a majority of days, have lost the ability to enjoy things that used to be fun, feel listless, worthless or guilty and have trouble making decisions, you may be suffering from major depression — or chronic depression, which is similar but not as intense.

There are other forms of depression. People who suffer from atypical depression are capable of moments of happiness when something good happens. Atypical depression is also associated with increased appetite, greater need for sleep and a feeling of heaviness. Postpartum depression is specific to women who have just given birth. In the case of bipolar disorder, the symptoms of major depression alternate with periods of high energy.

If you recognize your own feelings in any of this, it is a good idea to seek out a mental health screening from a professional. Online tests and self-diagnosis are much less reliable.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.


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